W*E*L*C*O*M*E to FWBHS - Okaloosa County School District

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DESTIN MIDDLE SCHOOL
Home of the Marlins
This presentation has been created in an effort to provide
information regarding the registration process for 6th
Grade at Destin Middle School.
We provide Open Houses, one-on-one meetings by
appointment, teacher advice through Advisory class, and
registration forms which are distributed in Advisory, as
well.
Registration is an extremely important process for many
reasons. Among them are that the information we
receive from your registration forms guides our purchase
of texts, materials, supplies, and even teacher
assignments.
The most important thing to remember about registration
is that we want you to be matched in the classes where
you will be the most successful in AND where you will
be challenged, but not frustrated. Remember, these
classes form the basis of your understanding for all of
your classes in the future.
IF you have any questions, please call or email us!
833-7655
Guidance, Front Office,
or Administration~
We are all here to help
you!
A middle school student must pass a
total of 12 core courses to be promoted
to the 9th Grade:
• Three courses in math (1 might be for HS credit)
• Three courses in LA (to include reading, technical
text, writing, listening, and speaking)
• Three courses in science ( must include life science
and earth or space science)
• Three courses in social studies, which will include
world cultures, civics/career planning , and US
history.
• Plus, 1 semester of PE in each grade, with 1 full year
recommended in grade 6.
State Requirements For Middle
Grades Progression
6th GRADE
7th GRADE
8th GRADE
Mathematics
Mathematics
Mathematics
Language
Language
Language
Arts/Communication Arts/Communication Arts/Communication
(Reading & Writing) (Reading & Writing) (Reading & Writing)
Science
Science
Science
Social Studies
Social Studies
Social Studies
P.E. or Elective
P.E. or Elective
P.E. or Elective
P.E. or Elective
P.E. or Elective
P.E. or Elective
6th Grade Registration Selections at DMS
Mathematics
Math I
Math I Advanced*
Language Arts/
Language
Arts
Language Arts
Advanced*
Science
Earth Space
Science
Earth Space Science
Advanced*
Social Studies
World
Cultures
World Cultures
Advanced*
PE Elective
PE/Team
Sports
Tumbling I
Dance
Other Elective
Band (Yearlong)
Exploratory Wheel
* Requires
(Includes Art, Spanish,
Keyboarding,
Speech/Debate)
Teacher
Recommendation
Communications
(Reading & Writing)
Select ONE
of these for
the year in
this row
6th Grade Exploratory Wheel~
The 6th Grade Exploratory Wheel Elective currently
involves “4 Spokes” – where the students “rotate” each
nine weeks to a new class, and by the end of the year,
have completed all four classes. The four classes on the
wheel include:
~Introduction to Art~
The elements of art are stressed in this brief introduction
to art. Students use a variety of media to develop
creativity, imagination, and drawing skills. Projects
include, black and white pencil drawing, colored pencil
drawing, painting, ceramics and more.
~ Introduction to Spanish~
This course offers a rich cultural and geographical exploration of
the twenty-one Spanish speaking countries in the world.
Students will be given the opportunity to research these countries
and discover the different cultures.
~Keyboarding~
In this course, students will learn basic keyboarding skills
through various computer based programs, such as
Microtype Pro. They will learn correct keying and hand
placement. Students will be graded on completion of daily
assignments.
~Speech/Debate~
Students in this class will practice good communication
skills and audience etiquette. They will learn how to
organize, write and deliver presentations. They will
learn to research, take a position, and make a reasoned
argument in defense of that position. They will also
learn to take the elements of a character and express
them with their voices, facial expressions, and body
language.
6th Grade Language Arts
Course Overview
Both advanced and regular language arts classes explore a
variety of genres in literature that includes fictional and non-fictional
pieces. All students focus on mastering various writing forms such as
expository and persuasive essays, poems, compare and contrast
paragraphs, and multi-paragraph pieces. Writer’s workshops will build
upon prior experience with writing forms and the Six Traits of Writing
in addition to the CRISS strategies. Finally, all students will practice
and incorporate grammatical skills in their writing.
Advanced Language Arts
Students in the advanced language arts classes will cover the
curriculum in greater depth and at an accelerated pace through curricular
compacting and an emphasis on independent reading and writing.
Students will be encouraged to read a variety of books and genres at a
higher level in order to build vocabulary, background knowledge, and
prepare them for advanced high school classes. Students will complete
novel projects, mythology projects, and projects on the Holocaust.
Emphasis is on quality work completed on or before due dates. Creativity
is demonstrated through content and product. (Teacher Rec.)
Regular Language Arts
Students in regular language arts classes will
cover the curriculum at a slower pace than the advanced classes
and focus on building a strong foundation of reading and writing
skills that will lead to success in high school. Emphasis is on
quality work. Assigned projects may be partially completed in class
and are expected to be completed on a timely basis.
All high school courses taken in
middle school will count toward
graduation and
honor graduate designation:
• Algebra I Honors, Geometry Honors, Physical
Science Honors: core courses
• Spanish/French I: Foreign language
• Intro to IT/Web Design: Electives, practical
arts requirement
Middle school students taking courses for high school credit may
retake the same or comparable course in high school for any
grade earned less than B (i.e., C-F).
F.S.1003.43(5)(e)
Our Administrators
Dr. Diane Kelley, Principal
Mr. Jason McClelland, Assistant Principal
Our Counselor
Mrs. Karen Schmidt
Exceptional Student Education
Gail Folsom, Staffing Specialist
Chelley Wong, ESE Support Teacher
Our SRO
Deputy Willis
Contact us. We’d love to hear from you!
833-7655

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